Glock to leave Marussia

by Michelle Fortune , 21 January 2013

Marussia has confirmed that Timo Gkock is to leave the Formula 1 team with immediate effect.

Glock's future with the team has been in doubt for some time and it emerged over the weekend that he would be leaving.

Confirmation of the news was delivered on Monday morning via a joint statement with team principal John Booth revealing the decision to replace Glock with a pay driver was taken for economic reasons.

"Timo has made a very significant contribution to our team over the past three seasons, helping us to develop our package to the point where, for a large proportion of the 2012 season, we were holding 10th place in the constructors' championship. Timo is a fantastic driver and he has been a very popular member of the team," Booth explained.

"Our team was founded on the principle of benefiting from proven experience whilst also providing opportunities for young emerging talent to progress to the pinnacle of motorsport. Thus far, this philosophy has also been reflected in our commercial model. The ongoing challenges facing the industry mean that we have had to take steps to secure our long-term future. Tough economic conditions prevail and the commercial landscape is difficult for everyone, Formula One teams included.

"We would like to thank Timo for working with us to reach this decision, especially as he had a valid contract, and also for the contribution he has made to our team. We wish him all the best for his future and I would like to congratulate the next team acquiring the services of such a competitive, professional and experienced racer.

"We will provide an update regarding the completion of our driver line-up in due course."

Glock joined Marussia ahead of the 2010 season and had a contract until the end of 2014. However, he will move on with a new driver set to brought in to race alongside Max Chilton.

"I have had three excellent years with the Marussia F1 Team, during which I had the chance to actively participate in building and developing the team in its endeavours to succeed within the Formula One World Championship," Glock stated.

"I would like to wish the team good luck in navigating this next period and thank everyone for the great times we shared and the support I have received. Although it is not the path I expected to be taking, I am in fact very excited about what the future holds in terms of my own career and I hope to comment on that very soon."

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